The U.S. U-16 and U-17 girls national teams are capping off their 2007 seasons with trips to South America. The U-17s are in Buenos Aires until next Monday, while the U-16s are in Rio de Janeiro until Sunday.
U.S. U-17 coach Dean Duerst invited in 18 players, all but one born in 1990, for the trip to Argentina. A combined Argentine U-20/U-17 national team beat the U-17s, 2-1, in their first game on Monday. The U-17s face Arggentina's U-17s on Wednesday and Uruguay's U-17s on Saturday.
U.S. U-16 head coach Kazbek Tambi brought in 18 players, born in 1991 and 1992, as they continue preparation for qualifying for the inaugural U-17 Women's World Cup, to be played next fall in New Zealand in 2008.
U.S. Under-17 Girls Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Jill Mastoianni (Durham, Conn.), Cat Parkhill (Apple Valley, Minn.)
DEFENDERS: Danielle Brunache (Belmont, Calif.), Camille Levin (Newport Coast, Calif.), Michelle Olivierre (Roswell, Calif.), Ashley Rape (Dallas, Texas)
MIDFIELDERS: Katy Frierson (Homewood, Ala.), Shawna Gordon (Rialto, Calif.), Rachel Mercik (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Casey Short (Naperville, Ill.), Beth West (Centennial, Colo.), Taylor Wilson (Rahway, N.J.)
FORWARDS: Lauren Alwine (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Merritt Mathias (Birmingham, Ala.), Tiffany Mccarty (Laurel, Md.), Michelle Olivier (Roswell, Ga.), Toni Pressley (Melbourne, Fla.)
U.S. Under-16 Girls Roster
GOALKEEPERS:Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Emily Olivier (Flossmoor, Ill.)
DEFENDERS:Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Brywaters (Las Vegas, Nev.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Briana Hovington (Loathian, Md.), Megan Oyster (Naperville, Ill.), Mollie Pathman (Durham, N.C.), Julia Roberst (Fredrick, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS:Megan Jurado (San Jose, Calif.), Olivia Kei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kristen Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Draper, Utah), Jenna Richmond (Centerville, Va.)
FORWARDS:Victoria DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Alyssa Rich (Cincinnati, Ohio), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)